2021-2022 Executive Committee

Dr. Joshua Aquin, President

Dr. Aquin is honoured to return as President of PARIM for a second term. He is a PGY4 Resident in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, having also completed his Family Medicine training in 2020. He initially became involved with PARIM in his first year of residency as a member of the Governance Committee. Since then, he has represented residents as both Primary Care Director in 2019/20 and President in 2020/21. Outside of medicine, Josh is the principal clarinetist of the Winnipeg Pops Orchestra, and is looking forward to more travel-friendly times when he can once again visit friends and family across Canada.

Josh is consistently inspired by the hard work and dedication of his colleagues. He strongly believes that resident doctors provide a valuable, essential service to Manitobans, and is committed to advocating for civility and resident wellness across all working and learning environments. 

Please do not hesitate to contact him at president@parim.org. Your voice matters!

Dr. Rachel Bethune, Vice-President

Rachel is thrilled to be this year’s PARIM Vice President. She is a PGY-2 Resident in Pediatrics. Originally from Calgary, she completed her Master of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan before returning to the University of Calgary for medical school. Last year, Rachel was elected to the PARIM Board of Directors as a Medicine Group Representative, and served as Chair of the Governance Committee. She reflects that joining PARIM in her PGY-1 year was one of the best decisions as it not only allowed her to join a strong community engaged in resident advocacy, but to meet and learn from residents across specialties and across the province.

In addition to the intersection between child health and public health, Rachel is particularly interested in elevating resident voices, creating opportunities for residents, and strengthening supports available. She wants to thank everyone for all their hard work and dedication to patients through the COVID-19 pandemic in the face of the added stress and challenges it placed on residents and the system.

Outside of work, you can find Rachel rock climbing, hiking,camping, and planning her next trips for when the world opens up again. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments please do not hesitate to reach out to bethuner@myumanitoba.ca. She looks forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Rana Chakrabarti, Treasurer

Rana is a PGY3 in Anatomical Pathology with an interest in Molecular Pathology. He served as the PARIM Diagnostics Representative during the 2020-2021 academic year and has held positions on the Governance and Finance, Audit and Risk Committees. Originally from London ON, Rana completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Western University before attending medical school and finishing a Master’s in Public Health at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. Rana is thrilled to serve in the role of PARIM Treasurer and wishes to look for ways to support residents both today and in the future. As an IMG himself, he is keenly aware of the hurdles faced by these trainees and hopes he can make their path to residency and beyond as smooth as possible. When he’s not diagnosing cancer or performing autopsies, he enjoys reading, playing a multitude of video games and spending time with his wife and their absolutely adorable puppy.


Dr. Nicole Cousins, Secretary

Nicole is a PGY 3 in Psychiatry with an interest in Women’s Mental Health. Originally from Calgary, she stayed home for her undergraduate degree before travelling the world and settling in England for her Master’s in Global Mental Health and then to Ireland for medical school. She was thrilled to return home to the prairies to train in Winnipeg. Nicole is a firm believer that residency should feel like a safe and enriching learning environment; and is a strong advocate for resident wellness, mental health and equality. These are some of the many reasons she is excited to be working alongside the PARIM team on behalf of residents this year.

Outside of medicine Nicole enjoys reading, pilates, and her growing plant collection. She is also an avid traveller, and has been to over 30 countries, with a constantly growing bucket list.

Nicole looks forward to hearing from you! She can be reached at: cousinsn@myumanitoba.ca.

Dr. Esther Kim, Past-President

Dr. Esther Kim was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB. She completed both her Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. She is a PGY4 Diagnostic Radiology resident. 

Dr. Kim values medical education and strongly believes that medical school and residency should be a welcoming and empowering educational experience. She is inspired by the resiliency and commitment that residents have demonstrated throughout the pandemic.

It was an honour and privilege for her to serve as PARIM President through contract negotiations and also the COVID-19 pandemic. She also fiercely advocated for residents as the President of Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) in 2020-2021, especially with regards to high-stakes exams. She has developed strong relationships with national organizations and will ensure to use her experience and expertise as she continues in her role as Past-President of PARIM.

Outside of medicine, Esther likes to volunteer and mentor in her Korean community. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband and cannot wait to travel again.

Do not hesitate to reach out to her at ekim@residentdoctors.ca